Valley McDonald's owners/operators provide support for "A T. Rex Named Sue" exhibit to open at UTPA Sept. 22
Posted: 06/26/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American recently received a $75,000 donation from the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) McDonald's owner-operators to support the upcoming exhibit "A T. Rex Named Sue" at the University's Visitors Center. This blockbuster, traveling exhibit, created by the Field Museum in Chicago and made possible by the generosity of the McDonald's Corporation, features a spectacular life-size cast of the 42-foot long, 12-foot high dinosaur's skeleton - the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered. Free and open to the public starting Sept. 22, the bilingual exhibit will also include a cast of Sue's five-foot skull and offer interactive pods, many touchable replicas, two videos and colorful graphics to explore the paleontology that helped scientists reconstruct Sue's life and legacy. Pictured at the June 18 check presentation are front left to right Jeffrey Schmatz, account supervisor, McDonald's RGV Co-op; Fred Del Barrio, president, RGV McDonald's Owner/Operators Association; Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, and Anna Oquin, McDonald's RGV owner/operator. Rear left to right are Rolando Gonzalez, McDonald's operation manager; Dr. John Edwards, UTPA vice president for Enrollment and Student Services; Sally Mendiola, associate director, UTPA Admissions and New Student Services; Dr. Maggie Hinojosa, UTPA associate vice president and dean of Admissions and Enrollment Services; Dennis McMillan, UTPA associate vice president for Enrollment and Student Services; and Lisa Castillo, McDonald's local store marketing manager. For more information on the Sue exhibit at UTPA, go to and click the Sue "Featured Site" on the Web site main page.